The Bulls’ season-opening 88-87 Christmas Day win over the Lakers in Los Angeles bore the earmarks of the Michael Jordan era, in that the Bulls displayed an attitude, in the end, that wasn’t self-defeating: The other team would have to stick the dagger at some point. When the Lakers didn’t, blowing an 11-point lead in the final four minutes with the help of four missed free throws down the stretch, the Bulls took advantage. Otherwise, this was a win all the Bulls’ own, i.e., the Bulls of the Derrick Rose era.